JOHN F. MOONEY, JR., LT, USNR

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

John Mooney, Jr. '35

Date of birth: January 3, 1913

Date of death: July 6, 1943

Age: 30

Lucky Bag

From the 1935 Lucky Bag:


Loss

John was lost when USS Helena (CL 50) was sunk on July 6, 1943 by multiple torpedoes in the Battle of Kula Gulf.

His mother was listed as next of kin.

It's not clear when he left or re-entered the service.

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Elmer Buerkle '25, Arthur Yeates, Jr. '38, and Joseph Griffin '43 were also lost when Helena was sunk. Charles Cecil '16, the ship's commanding officer, survived only to be lost later in the war.

Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

October 1935

Ensign, USS Indianapolis

Others at this command: LTjg Claude Haman '26 and ENS James Clark '35.

January 1936

Ensign, USS Indianapolis

Others at this command: LTjg Claude Haman '26 and ENS James Clark '35.

April 1936

Ensign, USS Indianapolis

Others at this command: LTjg Claude Haman '26 and ENS James Clark '35.

July 1936

Ensign, USS Indianapolis

Others at this command: ENS James Clark '35 and ENS Richard Bull, Jr. '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: LTjg Francis Black '26 (Scouting Force).

January 1937

Ensign, USS Indianapolis

Others at this command: ENS James Clark '35, ENS August Weinel '36, and ENS Richard Bull, Jr. '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Francis Black '26 (Scouting Force).

April 1937

Ensign, USS Indianapolis

Others at this command: ENS James Clark '35, ENS August Weinel '36, and ENS Richard Bull, Jr. '36.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT Francis Black '26 (Scouting Force) and ENS Thomas Sharp '35 (Scouting Force).

September 1937

"revocation of appointment" on June 4, 1937


Class of 1935

John is one of 56 members of the Class of 1935 on Virtual Memorial Hall.